Some teams think Odell Beckham Jr. won’t be ready to play until the middle of December


The timeline may be adjusting.

At last word, receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was targeting a return to action in the middle of November. Dan Graziano of now reports, citing multiple unnamed team executives, that the “realistic time frame” for Beckham playing again is “around mid-December.”

Beckham may feel otherwise. He reportedly has been cleared for all non-contact work following the ACL tear he suffered during Super Bowl LVI.

The challenge for Beckham and any interested teams continues to be the timing for doing a deal. Any team that waits until Beckham is fully 100 percent and ready to go may have waited too long. But Beckham also should resist rushing a decision, since he has full flexibility to pick the contender he deems to be the most attractive.

The Chiefs, Bills, and Rams have been most closely linked to Beckham. Recently, Beckham complained about the quality of the offers he has received from the Rams. Coach Sean McVay responded by saying that’s not the best number.

At some point, someone will be putting their best number on the table — and Beckham will take it. The teams most willing to go all in for that player or two who can make a major difference tend to find themselves in competition for championships. The 49ers have done it with Christian McCaffrey. Others may do the same between now and the November 1 trade deadline.

Eventually, someone will get Beckham. It will better position that team to contend, and it will prevent a competitor from getting that same bump.

19 responses to “Some teams think Odell Beckham Jr. won’t be ready to play until the middle of December

  1. Seems to me the Chiefs have more of a receiver need than the Bills with Diggs and Davis but then again you can never have too many weapons.

  2. No way I’m taking him 10 months of an ACL. At his best he’s borderline worth the drama. And he won’t be his best for sure. In fact, considering that he’s turning 30 in November, he may never be at his previous best again.

  3. Beckham is about as overrated as they come. 30yo receiver coming off an ACL. Good luck with that.

  4. I’m no doctor but more often than not the way I’ve noticed most athletes objectively speak to this injury is that the first year is needed for healing and a second year is needed to develop confidence in the injured knee. I don’t sign OBJ with the illusion he’ll be anywhere close to 100% this year.

  5. You’ve already connected him with half the teams in the league. I guess this gives you time to connect him with the rest of them.

  6. The previous ACL tear happened end of Oct 2020. He did not play again until right at 11 months and even then he was average at best. Based on that timeline, we likely won’t be ready to go until early January and he’s a year older, off another major knee surgery. Hard pass for me.

  7. Seems like this will be more of a washed year. Probably why teams haven’t been willing to meet his contract demands.

  8. No way anybody signs him he’s washed and not worth the drama surrounding him always a nightmare no matter what. Put a fork in him.

  9. I hope Buffalo signs him. 8 don’t think he will help them too much, but I think he would help Kansas City (where I expecthim to sign) a LOT.

  10. He will sign with the team with the best record , if the Rams are 6-8 he’s not signing with them .

  11. There’s a lot of mass delusion going on with everyone thinking that a guy less than a year removed from an ACL surgery is going to jump onto a team 9/10ths into the season and be the piece that puts them over the top.
    Oh, and that’s not even mentioning that he’s expecting elite money, too.

  12. No need for any teams to panic, I’m sure Odell Beckham Sr. will put out a spreadsheet showing all of his son’s offers and publicly cajole the teams into offering more based on the accompanying highlight reel (which will conveniently exclude all of his dropped passes which prove how overrated he is. How many passes you drop with two hands is way important than how many you managed to catch with one).

  13. I think he’s been waiting to fully heal before he signs with anyone. If he’s not ready until December then whomever signs him shouldn’t plan to play him this year. He won’t be in football shape – NFL stamina. Also, he’ll need time to develop chemistry with the offense and the QB. Even if he comes back to the Rams (hoping he does) where he has chemistry with Stafford and knows the offense, he’ll still need time before he can play.

  14. I’ve been saying this to everyone who will listen. He had surgery in mid February. He’s not getting on the field this season.

  15. “The teams most willing to go all in for that player or two who can make a major difference tend to find themselves in competition for championships” Do they? Who aside from the Rams do you have as an example of that working? And pretty much every move they made had to work out perfectly for how much they paid, supplemented with some low round draft hits and home grown superstars that they managed to barely edge out a super bowl once. It’s not some magical solution that if you make trades like its madden that you’ll be a contender.

  16. Odell has proven he has great skill and he is a good teammate (in 2021). He should have plenty of money saved, should be set for life. Odell has a Super Bowl ring also which he certainly earned. Perhaps, it would be wise to take the year off and let his body fully heal then sign onto a team with natural grass.

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